Crikey Worm

Apr 24, 2017

Crikey Worm: Polling improves for govt, dole bludger crackdown

Turnbull's week on "Aussie values" pays off in Newspoll, and yet another crackdown on welfare planned in the budget. It's the news you need to know, by Josh Taylor and Max Chalmers.

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor



Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's week starts off on a high note, with Newspoll in The Australian narrowing the lead Labor has over the Coalition to 52-48 two-party preferred. A week of sprouting “Aussie values” and a crackdown on 457 visas appears to have paid in the polling, at least.

The Greens have flagged, however, that the proposed axing/not-an-axing of 457 visas will face a hurdle in Parliament. The Fairfax papers today report that Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will seek crossbench support to establish a committee to look at the economic impact the proposed changes to Australia's visa scheme will have.

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